Transplant Type: Liver and Kidney
What if you were living on borrowed time?
Matthew Powers is fighting for his life. He was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver in June 2020. His condition has continued to worsen. Now, his kidneys have begun to fail, and doctors say a liver and kidney transplant is critical to his survival.
During such a challenging time, Matthew is thankful for his wife and best friend, Melanie, his two children, family and friends. He wishes they didn’t have to be so concerned about his health, but he is grateful for their love and support. Before his health began to decline, he enjoyed trying new foods, playing with his dogs, taking walks through his neighborhood, and spending time with his loved ones, but these days, his activities are quite limited. Matthew looks forward to the transplant that will allow him to live his life with as few limitations as possible, and to spend many more years making memories with his family, but right now, he needs your help.
Unfortunately, Matthew’ hope for a new life comes at a very high price.
The average liver and kidney transplant costs more than $1 million. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself.
Matthew lives more than 350 miles from the transplant center, and he incurs substantial expenses each time he visits for evaluations and doctors’ appointments. When he receives his transplant, Matthew and his caregiver will need to stay near the hospital, during recovery, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to the National Foundation for Transplants in honor of Matthew.
If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Texas Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazen’s Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Matthew Powers” in the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Dallas Transplant Institute